Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who occasionally teaches us a new word from the English dictionary, has once again successfully blocked the internet. His last Sunday was “quomodocunquize” and this time it was to hit the railroads.
The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram is known for introducing rare words with difficult pronunciations to his Twitter followers. He is also known for creating new words which have come into popular use and have even been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Tharoor, in a tweet, said: ‘Dark Words Department: Should Indian Railways quomodocunquize?’
He posted an image with the definition of the word and tagged the Ministry of Railways with the hashtag “Senior Citizens Concession”.
Shashi Tharoor’s jibe comes in response to Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s recent announcement that the concession on tickets for the elderly cannot be resumed.
Vaishnaw said the railways were already operating at a subsidized rate. “For every ₹100 spent on operating expenses, the railways only collect ₹45 from a passenger. We must contribute to making railway a sustainable mode of transport,” he said on the sidelines of a meeting at IIT Madras.
The concessions, which were suspended from March 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, have remained suspended to this day. According to a response to an RTI query filed by Madhya Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur, the railways generated additional revenue of more than ₹1,500 crore senior travelers in two years since suspension of concession.
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